Over the last few months, several people have asked whether there was some useful way of using the Government’s new epetition platform to help stop cuts to public services.
Caroline Lucas’ Tax and Financial Transparency Bill is made up of two simple measures which could help to raise billions of pounds to offset the cuts. The Bill is scheduled for a second reading on 25th November, but it is not guaranteed time for debate. A large number of signatures on the associated petition will help put pressure on MPs to find time on the day. In addition, if the petition gets 100,000 signatures, the Backbench Business Committee will be obliged to consider it for debate (it was this process that resulted in the Hillsborough debate last night).
Caroline acknowledged during the trial of the Brighton Uncut superglue 9, where she acted as an expert witness for the defence, that “there does come a point in many campaigns where you have to go beyond signing petitions”. UK Uncut remains firmly focused on direct action and civil disobedience (and unattached to any political party), but if you can, take a minute to sign the petition as a step towards making corporations pay their fair share.